Saturday, February 13, 2010

Showers in the Forecast

It's been a while since I had a real post, so I thought I would catch everyone up on what we have been up to! Last weekend, Hutch & I headed to Houston to attend Carly's first wedding shower. Her friends really did a slamming job on this one....I couldn't think of a better place to host a bridal shower. We had a private room at Ouisies, a quaint & charming little restaurant located by the Galleria. The girls did a fabulous job adding their special touches to the room- cute scrapbook paper for placemats, take home wine glasses filled with chocolates, and beautiful flowers as the centerpiece. I definitely took away some ideas for the next shower I host! It was such a great turnout! Carly, Marc, and Marc's family headed to the snow-covered Jxn yesterday for a shower given by MS friends. I wish we could have gone!
We are making our way back to Houston next weekend for another shower, given by Marc's Mom and sister. This one will be at Farrago's, one of my old Htown faves. It should be a lot of fun, and I think I have convinced Jeremy to tag along, so I am super excited about that.
This will be our last weekend with 0 plans for a while, so we are planning to really enjoy it. I think we are going to hit up Dave & Busters today for some fun gaming & then I am volunteering at LHC tomorrow in the nursery. We have received SO much rain here, but I think it's supposed to be a pretty dry weekend, so I am excited about that!
Did everyone watch the Opening Ceremony last night? WOW. I have never been to Canada, but I REALLY REALLY want to go now. I was incredibly impressed, to say the least.
Hope everyone has a great weekend & a lovely Valentine's Day!!!!

Meet the Uglies, Pretties, and Specials

Who doesn't love a good young adult series??? I mean, talk about easy reads! My parents bought me the first book (Uglies) for Christmas, at the recommendation of Carly, and I LOVED it. I quickly picked up the remainder books in the series & polished them all off within a couple of weeks. I personally blame the Twilight series for my new found addiction to books targeted towards 16 year olds. I mean, why read about complicated & twisted plots, books that really mean something, and novels that make you think, when you can read about the troubles & traumas of teenagers? This series was very entertaining, to say the least. It reminded me of a modern Brave New World, where society is completely mandated by the government. Until the age of 16, everyone is an "ugly." When reaching the much anticipated of sweet 16, you receive an operation that transforms you into a "pretty", and you leave all your worries behind. The main character of the book, Tally Youngblood, is convinced by a friend that receiving the operation to make you a "bubblehead" may not be all it's cracked up to be. Thus leaving us with this series that involves rebellion, adventure, and of course, teen age love. :) If you are up for a fun, quick read, I recommend!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Glass Castle

I typically only do "book reviews" if a book is really bad or really good. And, this one, my friends, gets 5 stars from me! Google can provide a much better summary of the plot than I can, so I will keep this to a minimum. This story is actually true- the author tells her story about growing up with parents who refuse to conform to the expectations of society. While reading, I definitely developed a love/ hate feeling towards the parents & their peculiar ways of living. Jeannette Walls is such a talented writer & story teller. I highly recommend this read!